Greek Canadians

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Greek Canadians
Ελληνοκαναδοί
Total population
271,405
(by ancestry, 2016 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Canada
 Ontario132,440[2]
 Quebec89,985[3]
 British Columbia42,770[4]
 Alberta11,945[5]
Languages
EnglishFrenchGreek
Religion
Predominantly Greek Orthodox Christianity[6]

Greek Canadians (Greek: Ελληνοκαναδοί) are Canadian citizens who have full or partial Greek heritage or people who emigrated from Greece and reside in Canada. According to the 2016 Census, there were 271,405 Canadians who claimed Greek ancestry.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Provinces and territories with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census:[7]

Province or territory Greek Canadians Percentage Born in Greece
 Canada 271,410 0.79
 Ontario 148,555 1.12 36,575
 Quebec 71,330 0.90 18,420
 British Columbia 24,460 0.54 3,635
 Alberta 15,025 0.38 2,005
 Manitoba 4,130 0.33 820
 Nova Scotia 3,360 0.37 510
 Saskatchewan 2,880 0.27 605
 New Brunswick 950 0.13 95
 Newfoundland and Labrador 380 0.07 30
 Prince Edward Island 175 0.13 15
 Yukon 90 0.26 10
 Northwest Territories 50 0.12 10
 Nunavut 20 0.06 10

Census Metropolitan Agglomerations (CMAs) with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census:[7]

CMA Greek Canadians Percentage Born in Greece
Toronto  Ontario 99,145 1.69 27,890
Montreal  Quebec 66,395 1.66 17,890
Vancouver  British Columbia 16,085 0.66 2,890
Ottawa - Gatineau  Ontario /  Quebec 8,005 0.62 990
Hamilton  Ontario 6,940 0.94 1,620
Calgary  Alberta 6,770 0.49 940
London  Ontario 5,365 1.10 1,180
Edmonton  Alberta 5,015 0.39 655
Oshawa  Ontario 4,690 1.25 715
Kitchener - Cambridge - Waterloo  Ontario 3,885 0.75 580

Cities with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census:[8]

City Province Greek Canadians Percentage Born in Greece
Toronto  Ontario 57,420 2.13 19,240
Montreal  Quebec 29,060 1.75 9,150
Laval  Quebec 20,385 4.96 5,940
Mississauga  Ontario 7,490 1.05
Ottawa  Ontario 6,975 0.76
Markham  Ontario 6,215 1.90
Calgary  Alberta 6,150 0.50
Vancouver  British Columbia 5,760 0.93
Vaughan  Ontario 5,065 1.67
Hamilton  Ontario 5,030 0.95

Ridings (Federal electoral districts) with the highest percentage of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census:[9]

Riding Province Greek Canadians Percentage
Laval—Les Îles  Quebec 13,190 12.46
Toronto—Danforth  Ontario 7,655 7.26
Papineau  Quebec 5,490 5.01
Saint-Laurent  Quebec 4,795 4.92
Scarborough Centre  Ontario 4,945 4.48
Beaches—East York  Ontario 4,585 4.23
Ahuntsic-Cartierville  Quebec 4,695 4.18
Vimy  Quebec 4,335 4.07
Don Valley East  Ontario 3,785 4.06
Pierrefonds—Dollard  Quebec 3,680 3.43

List of notable Canadians of Greek ancestry[edit]

Academics[edit]

Authors[edit]

Professors[edit]

Business and philanthropy[edit]

Creatives[edit]

Canadians of Greek ancestry mark the independence of Greece in Montreal's Park Extension neighbourhood.

Artists[edit]

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Chess[edit]

Diving[edit]

Field hockey[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

Football[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Strength athletics[edit]

Water skiing[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

  • Bret Hart – former pro wrestler, multiple World Champion in the WWF and WCW; of Greek ancestry; mother is half Greek[10]
  • Owen Hart – former pro wrestler, WWE Intercontinental Champion, European Champion and Tag-Team Champion, brother of Bret
  • Teddy Hart – pro wrestler, nephew of Owen and Bret
  • Jim Korderas – former WWE referee, television commentator
  • Natalya Neidhart – pro wrestler, former WWE Women's Champion, niece of Bret and Owen Hart
  • Trish Stratus (aka Patricia Anne Stratigias) – former professional wrestler, seven time WWE Women's Champion, former WWE Hardcore Champion
  • John Tolos – former professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager

Film, TV and stage[edit]

Actors and performers[edit]

Directors and producers[edit]

Entertainers[edit]

Journalists and broadcasters[edit]

Historical figures[edit]

Immigrants[edit]

  • Ioánnis Fokás Juan de Fuca – first Greek-Canadian (1592)

Politicians[edit]

Judiciary[edit]

Religious figures[edit]

Order of Canada recipients[edit]

  • Teresa Stratas (born 1938) – soprano OC; retired Canadian operatic soprano; known for her award-winning recording of Alban Berg's Lulu; born in Toronto, Ontario

Order of Merit of the Police Forces recipients[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity Highlight Tables". statcan.gc.ca.
  2. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Ontario". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Quebec". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – British Columbia". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  5. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Alberta". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  6. ^ "Selected Demographic and Cultural Characteristics". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census, Ethnic origin for Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs)". Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  8. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Toronto, City [Census subdivision], Ontario and Toronto, Census division [Census division], Ontario". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  9. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Laval--Les Îles [Federal electoral district], Quebec and Toronto, Census division [Census division], Ontario". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  10. ^ Bret Hart's mother is half Greek as is published in his autobiography Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling

External links[edit]

  • hellenism.net – a comprehensive list of famous Greeks and Greek Americans

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Greek-Canadians – A comprehensive list of famous Greeks and Greek Canadians
  • GreekGateway.com – Greek cultural entertainment site, event resource and business directory
  • Toronto-Danforth political riding with concentrated Hellenic population
Embassy and Consulates
Charitable organizations
Communities
Trade organizations
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